Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 16- 24 Day Challenge.

So I am annoyed and uninspired today. Very moody and cranky. No particular reason - just annoyed.

I need to remind myself of my triumphs. Like not gaining over my girls weekend. I came home and on Monday morning I was 138.2 - a great feeling! Even after two free meals. My muscles very sore though from the personal training on Friday and Yoga Saturday morning.

I can get back on track - I am on track. yesterday I did well with my eating and kicked some major butt at the gym. My error was putting onion in my veggie/chicken stir fry I made last night - onions always upset my stomach so I woke up very cranky.

I only have one more week of this challenge and I am frustrated with the results. I am being too hard on myself I know - and I need to be excited because I HAVE built muscle, lost weight, and Body Fat. Just one of those days when nothing will make me happy.

All I want is a cup of coffee and I might indulge myself.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be feeling better.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 11 - 24 Day Challenge.

Almost half way there!!!!! Still in the 138's - UGH! But I hope tomorrow the scale will be lower -
I stayed faithful to my eating habits and I got a kick butt workout in despite ANOTHER hectic day.

Also I am in phase two and I am excited to see how the next phase of Advocare products work.

Tomorrow my best friend and I are having a girls fitness getaway weekend :) I am so excited! I can't remember the last time we had uninterrupted time together - plus we are hiring a trainer tomorrow and then a yoga instructor for Saturday! :) Should be a blast! I will TRY to keep the blog updated but I can't promise anything! :) I'll write tomorrow about what my game plan is and then I will check in on Sunday about how it all went.

Ciao Ciao!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 10 - 24 Day Challenge.

Day 10 was another blah day. But I stuck to my food and I even got to the gym thanks to my wonderful hubby who pushed me to go and even went with me. I was glad I went in the end -

I'm at 138.8 today - Oh yeah here is my Day 10 info:
Weigh In
Day 1 Day 10
Weight 142.00 138.8
Body Fat % 27.00% 25.10%
BMI (optional) 24.9 24.3
Chest 34.00 34
Tricep 10.50 10.5
Waist 27.75 27.5
Stomach (bellybutton) 33.00 32
Buttox/Hips 38.00 37.5
Thigh 20.00 19
Calf 10.00 11.5

Hopefully with my workout tonight I will break through that 138 Plateau I mentioned last week!!!!
Happy, healthy eating everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 9- 24 Day Challenge. Wind out of my sails.

So I have stuck to my diet - duh.
I've stayed on track with my workouts - but I am feeling deflated.
It's just a moody - blah day I guess.

I am trying to push myself once more out the door and to the gym. I am finding ANY excuse to preoccupy my mind with other "to-dos" when my main TO DO is to take care of my body!

So I'm going - I'M GOING!

Cardio only today - I did weights yesterday and Thursday is bootcamp followed by a PT session on Friday... so I'll be dying - I'm sure.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 8 - 24 Day Challenge.

Back on the Fiber drink in the morning. I have two more days (minus today) of the "cleanse" part of the 24 day challenge. I will be glad when I don't have to drink that stuff anymore.

Today I did well. I am on my way to the gym right now and I stayed on track with my eating! Yay! me!

I am really tired so I don't WANT to go to the gym but I know I need to and once I am there I will be glad I went. I need to take it easy on my wrist so I plan on doing 30 min cardio and then focusing on leg work even though my calves are still burning.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 7. Hello Cupcake.

Hello there everybody. Well today consisted of one meal and one meal only - really bad of me. IT was a free meal day and so that meant going to have pasta/brunch at Filomena - I was actually VERY proud of myself. I didn't go totally nuts and make myself sick at Brunch - I in no way binged. After my sister in law and I walked around and picked up Georgetown Cupcakes - the famous ones that have their own show on TLC "DC CUPCAKES" and also Baked and Wired cupcakes. I had one strawberry cupcake for desert and sampled two others - again a feat for me - given I am a sweets junkie - not candie but I LOVE LOVE LOVE cakes and brownies, etc. However I think with eating clean for even just five days in a row with little to no sugar at all (only in fruits really & carbs) it was all too much for me. I'm not really hungry again. I'm sure I have had my share of calories for the day and I am NOT going to obsess about the number on the scale tomorrow. I am sure that by Wednesday the world will be how it should be and I will be right on track given all the hard work I put in working out, and eating right this week.

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 6 - 24 Day Challenge - CHEATER.

Long day. I get two "free meals a week" and I was planning on only doing one this week (tomorrow's brunch with my sister in law to celebrate her job offer) but after a grueling 5 hour work session of doing hair and makeup I was hungry, tired and in need of a "free meal" aka "no think meal".

So I indulged - here is what I ate today... One clean meal - one free meal.

Meal 1 8:30 am 2 pieces quinoa bread
4 egg white (3 egg whites, 1 yolk)
Meal 2 11:00 am SKIPPED
Meal 3 2:00 pm 1 bleu cheese scone
1/2 panera mozerella sandwich
Meal 4 5:00 brownie (panera) w/1/2 c. ice cream
hazelnut coffee w/ cream and sugar
1 small bag kettle chips
Meal 5 7:00 SKIPPED
Meal 6 9:00

On top of that I had to take a pain killer because my wrist/ hand is very sore and swollen. I didn't work out but I will tomorrow. Still need to give myself credit for this past five days of PERFECT EATING and 5 days in a row of hard core exercise despite my surgery!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 5 - 24 Day Challenge.

Day 5 - 138.4 (down from 142 on day 1 - very exciting)

Today has proved to be a challenge thus far. My sweet sister in law is in town for job interviews in D.C. and it was my task to get to and fro so that meant having to pack my food and plan my meals very carefully.

I almost missed breakfast but I was insistent with myself to eat! So I made it through that hurdle. Brought a snack for the road and my water. Picked my sis up around 1:30 and we got home to a near Potbelly to eat!

So here is what I have had thus far today:
Meal 1 8:00 am
2 pieces of toast

4 egg white (3 egg whites, 1 yolk)

Meal 2 11:00 am
(see meal 3)

small apple
Meal 3 2:00 pm Turkey (Potbelly w/ L,T,O & light mayo)

(see above)

My sis wants to workout with me so we are going to go to the gym around 5:00 - 6:30. I plan on doing 45 min cardio (2o minutes treadmill, 20 minutes bike) Followed by weight training circuit... I found this great one on Women's Health Magazine Website to bust through a plateau - which I talked about being at the "138 plateau" yesterday - lets hope this kicks it's butt!

My eating plan for the rest of the day:

Meal 4 4:30 pm 4 oz. chicken

1/4 c brown rice

Meal 5 7:00 pm 10 oz. Tilapia

Meal 6 (see meal 5)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Day 4 - 24 Day Challenge.

Weight this morning : 139.2 :) Felt good to be back in the 130's! yay me! But 138 has my plateau zone since after the holidays - so I am eager to see the scale drop below that number...

I made a big mistake today and that was not eating every 2-3 hours. Woke up feeling very dizzy for starters, and so I had a late breakfast anyways. Then I still wasn't feeling so good so I went back to sleep, by the time I woke up again my dog, Reese, was crying - poor thing hasn't had a good run in 3 days since I've been laid up with my surgery. So I decided to take her to the dog park then go to the grocery store.

I had my first meal around 9:30/10 (I didn't look at the clock, another mistake), but at least I didn't have to have the fiber drink which is very thick and hard to stomach! I didn't eat again till 2:00 pm. This is a really bad thing to do when you are trying to stay away from sweets, and bad cravings. My blood sugar was low and I was getting very fatigued, so I made meals two and three and combined them. I am starting to feel better.

Here is my food log/plan for today:

Meal 1 - 10am? 1/2c. Oat bran cereal

4 egg white

5 manderine oranges
Meal 2 - 2pm 6 oz. Lean Steak

Meal 3 - 2pm (see meal 2)

Quinoa bread (1 serving=2 slices)
Meal 4 - 4pm 4 oz. Chicken

1/4 c brown rice

Meal 5 - 8pm 3 oz. steak

Meal 6 - 6pm 4 oz. Chicken

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 3 - 24 Day Challenge.

Not feeling well today (due to my surgery yesterday). I have stayed on my eating plan with no cheating, but it has been hard to eat all the food when my pain killers are making me dizzy and nauseated. Not to mention pain killers tend to make me bloated, gassy, and constipated (sorry if TMI, but that is the reality of being on pain killers)- so I am trying not to take them and that means sucking up the sharp pain in my wrist.

I plan on doing a 30 minute cardio workout this evening - stationary bike with no pressure on my wrist. Gotta get my burn in somehow since I have been on the couch for a day and half and since I can't drive I have to wait for the hubby to drive me when he's home from work.

So here is my food log for today:
Meal 1 - 9:30 am 1/2c. oatmeal

4 egg white

1/2 Grapefruit
Meal 2 - 11:30 am (see meal 3)

Manderine oranges (5)
Meal 3- 3:30 pm 8 oz. chicken

1/2 c whole wheat penne
Meal 4 - 5:30 pm 1/2 c greek yogurt

1/4 c whole wheat penne

brussell sprouts
Meal 5 - 8:00 pm 8 oz. chicken

brussell sprouts
Meal 6 (see Meal 5)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day 2 - 24 Day Challenge Part 2.

Surgery went well and I was not under the type of anaesthetic where you stop breathing on your own but I was asleep! Because of this I did not experience the type of dizziness and sleepiness you usually will have after being put to sleep. The pain is very localized and I am feeling great except for the pain in my wrist.

My husband has been amazing at keeping me on track with all my food! And I even got to the gym to do the stationary bike for 30 minutes!

Here is what I ate today...
Meal 1 - 1:30 pm 1/2c.oatmeal

4 egg white (3 egg whites, 1 yolk)

1/2 Grapefruit
Meal 2- 3:30 pm 4 egg white (3 egg whites, 1 yolk)

1/2 Grapefruit
Meal 3- 6:00 pm
4 oz. chicken

1/2 whole wheat penne
Meal 4 - 8:00 pm 8 oz. chicken

1/2 whole wheat penne

Meal 5 (see meal 3)

(see meal 3)
Meal 6 (see meal 3)

Day 2 - 24 Day Challenge Part 1.

Yesterday went off without a hitch - I ate perfectly (though I had dreams last night that I ate half a piece of chocolate cake), got my workout in, and took all my supplements as instructed. I got on the scale this morning (slap on wrist, but I was just curious) and I was down to 140.2 - I know a good majority of that was water weight from all the Easter treats but I was still none the less really happy. In the past 8 weeks when I have gained, "water weight" over the weekend, it has taken at least 3-4 days to shed it.

In another news today brings on a new set of obstacles - I am having wrist surgery this morning and so I am not allowed to eat anything or drink water (or anything else for that matter). I have no idea how I will be feeling afterwards so I have asked my husband to make my food for me (chicken is already prepped and in the fridge). I will just take all my supplements the same, and hopefully by tonight I will be feeling good enough for a bike ride at the gym (that puts no pressure on my wrist what-so-ever).

My plan is after surgery to have "breakfast" and just continue my normal day - even when you have things that stand in your way of achieving your goals you must be committed and not let a mental block get in your way! Feel free to share any barriers YOU might be having on your journey in the comments & I will respond with encouragement or suggestions.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day 1 - 24 Day Chellenge

Monday April 9, 2012
Day 1
Weight* 142 lbs.
Body Fat Percentage 27.0 %
BMI (optional) 24.9 in.
Chest 34 in.
10.5 in.
27.5 in
Buttox 38 in.
Thigh* 20 in.
Calf* 10 in.
*Measurements & Weight taken first thing in the morning. Thigh, Calf & Tricep measurements all done "half way" between joints (i.e. ankle to knee, knee to hip, elbow to shoulder).

To measure my BF% and BMI I used this Omron Fat Loss Monitor - This is very useful during weight loss because you want to be able to determine if you are losing FAT. That is the problem I have had in the past. Last year I lost 20 lbs but I did not build the lean muscle I wanted and I did not burn enough fat off my body which caused me to gain 10-12 lbs of it back.

I started this entry with all my measurements & weight information. Oy! It is hard to post but I want to help and inspire whoever I can so I am being transparent here. You can read more about the details of the challenge here : http://housewifewithalife.blogspot.com/2012/04/24-day-challenge.html - It tells you about the cleanse and some of the products.

I have to say eating this way (see below) isn't foreign to me. This is a very "clean" way of eating and how I typically eat and cook - however there is far more protein, and the supplements are something I have never done. The Fiber drink this morning tasted fine but it was very thick and hard to stomach - I held my nose and downed it as quickly as I could. I also have added the OmegaPlex (omega3 supplements) into my routine.

This program uses Advocare products to in addition to diet and exercise. Currently in Days 1 - 10 I am using a Cleanse and also beginning to take an Omega - 3 vitamin.

For more about this Challenge check out Lisa Reed Fitness : http://www.lisareedfitness.com/index.html

Meal Plan/ Food Log:
Meal 1 (9:30am) 1/2c.oatmeal

4 egg white

1/2 Grapefruit
Meal 2 (12:00 am) 1/2 c Greek Yogurt

1/2 Grapefruit
Meal 3 (2:00 pm) 4 oz. chicken

1/2 c quinoa
Meal 4 (5:00 pm) 5 oz fish

1/4 c brown rice

Meal 5 ( 7:00 pm) 4 oz. Chicken

Meal 6 (3:00 pm) 4 oz. Chicken

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Food Coma.

So after a day of treats and good home cooking I am preparing myself for what is ahead of me in the next 24 days. I am currently in a food coma - too much sugar and coffee. Good thing my 24 day Challenge begins tomorrow. I am beyond excited to work hard and see my body transform.

I will be sharing what I am eating, what my exercise routine is on my blog and hopefully you will also be inspired to get healthy and fit as well.

I will also be sharing any failures, frustrations and crazy cravings I have on here too - after all I am a REAL person, not a super human but I will do this and I will succeed!

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

24 day Challenge.

So my gratitude blog has fallen a little short. But that's okay! This year has been busy and wonderful in so many ways! Life with the hubby and the pup are going really well. In order to get fit pre getting pregnant (that coming soon this year) - I am taking on a 24 day Challenge. I am going to try to keep a food long and journal using this wonderful blog I have created. I will also post photos of my journey.

Here is what I am doing from Lisa Reed Fitness:

"YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN THE DMV! You can live anywhere and still participate! LRF clients have lost up to 15 pounds while on the 24 Day Challenge! LRF clients Christine from VA lost 13 pounds, Lisa from IL lost 7 pounds, Todd from DC lost 16 pounds! Heather lost 22 pounds! Now, it is YOUR turn!

What does the The 24 Day Advocare Bundle & LRF Program Include?

Days 1-10 Cleanse Phase: The first ten days are about cleansing your body of toxins and preparing for optimal nutrient absorption, and you may enjoy weight loss as well! Includes a Fiber drink, Omega Fatty Acids, Probotics and Spark energy & appetite fat burning drink. Days 11-24 Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) Max Phase. Gives your body the best tools you need to achieve your next weight management goals. (I lost 5 pounds during this phase!!!) Assits in weight management, appetite control and overall wellness! In addition, you will receive a box of Meal Replacement Shakes with your choice of chocolate, vanilla, or berry: Complete nutrition in a great-tasting shake! Plus more Spark! LRF will also provide a Nutrition & Exercise Guide!!!

To get started on losing weight, feeling and looking great, click here: Advocare or go to www.lisareedfitness.com and click on Advocare (bottom left corner), go to products then Trim to order 24 Day Challenge Bundle-selecting MNS3 with your choice shake flavor= $185 plus shipping. It takes four days to receive products. I will provide detailed instructions when order is confirmed & provide you with an LRF Nutrition & Exercise Guide! Wahoo! Contest begins asap and last day to order for the LRF contest is April 7th. Share it and Forward to a friend!

Any questions, please email me Lisa@lisareedfitness.com"
Me last August, Red Headed and in good shape. Hope to get back to this & BEYOND.

I begin my 24 day challenge on Friday or Saturday depending on when my Advocare products get here! So excited!